The State of Michigan will appoint an interim president to replace Samuel Stanley, Jr.

EAST LANSING — Michigan State University trustees said in a statement Monday that they hope to quickly select an interim president to lead the university while a search for a permanent replacement for President Samuel Stanley Jr. is conducted. .

Stanley announced his resignation as president of the university on Thursday. He said he had lost faith in the board, including some who pushed for his removal over reported Title IX concerns, including the resignation of former Broad College of Business dean Sanjay. Gupta. The former dean has been accused of knowing about but not immediately reporting an allegation of sexual misconduct against a business school staff member.

Stanley gave the board 90 days’ notice, as required by his contract, and said he would be leaving MSU in mid-January.

“The MSU Board of Trustees is unified in its commitment to ensuring a smooth and orderly transition in university leadership and in its commitment to academic freedom, and to working with university leadership to achieve the goals set out in MSU’s 2030 strategic plan,” according to a statement.

The process of finding an interim president will include reaching out to students, faculty, staff and alumni, according to the statement.

“We intend to engage in thoughtful deliberation and come to a decision as soon as possible,” the administrators wrote.

Satish Udpa, who had served as executive vice president for administration, was named interim president following Engler’s resignation in January 2019. After Stanley’s hiring, Udpa resumed his role as executive vice president for administration, a position he had held since 2013. Udpa stepped down from the administrative role in the fall of 2019 to take over full research and other academic responsibilities at the College of Engineering.

Administrators hired Stanley, 68, in May 2019. He signed a new contract last fall that included a $160,000 raise for a total base salary of $960,000, making him one of the Big Ten’s highest-paid presidents. The contract was due to expire in 2024.

Since 2019, divisions on the board have grown and some directors have tried to force Stanley out of office. This all stems from trustees’ concerns about the handling of Title IX reports by Stanley and other university officials and Gupta’s resignation.

Dean Sanjay Gupta of the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University speaks Thursday, October 25, 2018 on leading Michigan State's only endowed college.

Administrators have opened an investigation into Gupta’s forced resignation by Provost Teresa Woodruff. The move was backed by Stanley after Gupta allegedly failed to report claims that a Broad College of Business official got drunk at a party, the Gatsby Gala, on April 22 at Studio at 414 in Lansing, for MBA students, Crain’s Detroit Business reported. He inappropriately touched at least one student while dancing in a sexually suggestive manner, the publication reported.

Gupta welcomed an investigation into the circumstances that led to his resignation. Professors from the Broad College of Business also supported the investigation.

Stanley criticized the council’s investigation as micromanagement. The MSU Faculty Senate and MSU Student Associates both approved votes of no confidence in the board.

Stanley becomes the third MSU president to be expelled or leave the university since the Nassar scandal. Nassar, a former MSU and gymnasium doctor in the United States, was convicted of sexually assaulting hundreds of girls and women under the guise of medical treatment.

Lou Anna Simon was kicked out of her job in January 2018 amid the scandal. John Engler, a former governor of Michigan, was named interim president after Simon’s departure, but resigned after being criticized for his handling of the Nassar fallout, including making insensitive comments about Nassar survivors.

Satish Udpa is named interim president of Michigan State University.  Thursday morning, January 17, 2019, during a board meeting at the Hannah Administration Building at MSU.

The Faculty Senate expressed concern that the trustees and their actions made it difficult to attract quality candidates to replace Stanley. They said it was essential that the search for the interim president be an open search.

MSU presidential raids have traditionally been conducted out of public view.

“Trustees have an opportunity to ease tensions by working with faculty, students and staff to quickly and collaboratively identify an interim president,” the Faculty Senate said in a statement Sunday. degrees, a commitment to teaching and research, and the trust of the Spartan community. We will stand by our principles and demand that the council respect the essential academic freedoms that have made research universities like MSU sources of immense intellectual value to the great democracies of the world.

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